Comelec, KBP, media orgs launch Halalan (Election) 2016 debates
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has signed last January 13 a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP-Broadcasters Association of the Philippines) and media organizations to launch the Halalan (Election) 2016 presidential and vice-presidential debates.
The MOA aims to assist voters in making informed choices in the coming elections based on the candidates’ platforms and positions on socio-political issues. Comelec chair Andres Bautista, however, said that the candidates are not required to participate in the debates.
Below is the schedule, tentative venues and corresponding organizers of the presidential debates:
- Mindanao leg: February 21, Capitol University, Cagayan de Oro; hosted by GMA-7 and the Philippine Daily Inquirer
- Visayas leg: March 20, Cebu; hosted by TV5 and The Philippine Star
- Luzon Leg: April 24, Southern or Central Luzon; hosted by ABS-CBN 2 and the Manila Bulletin
A vice presidential debate will be held on April 10 in Metro Manila. CNN Philippines, Rappler and Business Mirror will be hosting this event.
The Comelec also encourages netizens to send in their questions via Twitter using the hashtag #PiliPinasDebates2016.
2016 Asia Journalism Fellowship
The Temasek Foundation and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore are now accepting applications to the 2016 Asia Journalism Fellowship.
Selected journalists will attend a three-month fellowship in NTU’s Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information for three months of workshops, seminars, and engagements with leading institutions and decision-makers of Singapore.
Accommodation and travel expenses to and from Singapore will be covered, and fellows will receive a monthly stipend of 1,500 SGD.
Interested applicants must be full-time or freelance journalists who are currently residing in Asia. They must have at least five years of professional journalism experience and be English-proficient.
Each fellow is required to propose a project that will be useful to his home country. Other requirements are an accomplished application form, employer’s letter of support, letters of recommendation, sample work, and a signed data privacy form.
Application deadline is on February 14 at 5 pm, Singapore time. For more information, visit the Asia Journalism Fellowship page.